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of the national security legacy of the obama administration thus far. john brennan has thus far during the obama presidency been the most visible face of that policy. when the obama administration decided just this past year that for the first time they were going to admit to the fact that they do this, instead of just allowing it to be reported while they never confirmed it, it was john brennan they had give that speech. he is the man who has been the face of the u.s. government basically outfitting a second air force outside the u.s. military to kill people around the world without the chain of command and authority and political responsibility that we expect from the u.s. military. if there were any doubts about how president obama feels as part of his legacy, about whether president obama was going to be shy about that being a central part of his national security legacy as president, those doubts would presumably be laid to rest today when he nominated john brennan to be head of the cia, offering this big promotion to the man who more than anybody else in government stands for that drone po
. he was the first obama administration official to publicly confirm drone attacks overseas and to defend their legalities. war on expected nominations of chuck hagel and john brennan after the headlines. the obama administration reportedly is considering keeping a residual force between three and 9000 troops in afghanistan after the formal withdrawal date of 2014. the wall street journal cited the new figures after previous reports suggested the u.s. is mulling a troop deployment of up to 20,000. bahrain top court has upheld the convictions of 13 opposition leaders on allegations of plotting to overthrow the u.s.- backed regime. the activists were sentenced by military court in 2011, eight of them to live behind bars after leading massive protests against bahrain's sunni monarchy. today's ruling marks the end of their legal options after an appeals court upheld the convictions in september. another seven activists were also convicted in the initial case, but did not file appeals because they were tried in absentia. soon president bashar al-assad is vowing to continue his go
as the obama administration's failure to negotiate a status forces agreement with iraq to allow u.s. forces to stay there, and iraq has gone downhill. that's the narrative. there's also bengazy, and there's sort of a -- there's been building this sense among republicans that the obama administration is not strong enough on counterterrorism, is not tough enough, somehow is hiding its ineptness, and i think that's what's behind this, and it's all going to come out, again, with something we haven't talked about yet, which is the nomination of john brennan, the cia director. here's a guy who was pulled back from being nominated four years ago because of his alleged ties to torture and interrogation techniqu techniques. he was george bush's counterterrorism guy. it comes with a lot of baggage. as dave wood outlines, there are reasons for, and there are reasons why chuck hagel's potential fom nation is problematic for the white house. there's also when you sort of read the palace intrigue, read about the palace intrigue, get into the palace intrigue, there's this notion that president obama likes
much what he would like. and then there is the numbers. the obama administration [inaudible] the final number will be 8000 to 10,000. >> the white house did not rule out the possibility that there will be no u.s. combat troops after the end of 2014. what difference to the future to those numbers make? >> most importantly it is psychological. if the u.s. pulls the plug on december 31, 2014, afghans are going to have a fairly collective [inaudible] a garantor against pakistan interfering with the country and also the taliban not coming back. that is a real concern when july 2011 was the drawdown date. >> what can 8000 troops do to stop that happening? >> a good question. i would find it hard to believe that the u.s. government would not leave some number of troops. think about the blood and treasure that has gone into this. it is not just the united states. it is the u.s. and nato policy for continuation of a presence past 2014. is it a combat presence? no. it is a support to counter terrorism and a training program. the distinction between that and the combat provinces in the eye of the
is -- is the obama administration moving towards a policy of indefinite detention? first up to speak will be colonel moat davis, a colonel lawrence davis. he was the chief prosecutor in the guantanamo military commission until he resigned in 2007. he had a distinguished career in the u.s. military. to his right, is andy worthington. he went to new college, oxford and we were colleagues, contemporaries there and we have known each other for a long time. he has been at the forefront of investigating who was at guantanamo. this question was not answered initially. the detainee's did not have lawyers and andy wrote a book published in 2007 that really laid out in a public sense who was at the present and what their stories were he has co- directed a film about the guantanamo detainees and we are happy to have him. he has come from the u.k. just to mark the anniversary of the 11th anniversary. to his right is tom wilner. his case to establish the right of habeas corpus for prisoners. he continues to be involved in representing detainee's. we will start with, moe davis. >> thank you, it is a pleasure to s
there is a potential right now. yeah. and the obama administration should have seen this coming. they could have somehow and still can send out signals of what they intend to do with these higher decisions and the departure of nancy ann diparlo means there have got to be more women in the pipeline that the obama administration will appoint. i don't see how they can't be doing it because women were the backbone of the obama support for reelection. >> if we look at modern times and what past precedences have done, we look at president george w. bush increasing the number of women in his cabinet for 19% of his first term and the 24% in his second. president bill clinton saw the percentage of women rise from 27 to 44%. do you think that this could be the first time that we don't see the needle moving forward for a second term administration if president obama doesn't make some really sharp moves now to correct the diversity problem? >> think the pressure will be on for him to make sure that we don't see white men across the board the way we've seen in these early appointments. this is the piece of t
and preventing attacks. it is a tool president obama and the administration relies on every day in our efforts to dismantle and feet al qaeda to prevent terrorism attacks. it is a tool we will continue to strengthen as we do everything in our power to keep the american people say. -- the american people safe. i would like to think tim geithner and everyone here being here to participate in this very important event and on behalf of president obama, i want to say thank you to all those dedicated treasury and other professionals who have truly made this country a much safer place. thank you. [applause] >> john brennan also talks about the use of drone strikes and counter-terrorism strategies since the debt of osama bin laden. from april of last year, this is just over one hour. >> i very much appreciate the opportunity to discuss president obama's counterterrorism strategy. then senator obama discussed how he would bring the war in iraq to an end and focus on the war that has to be one, the war against al qaeda, particularly in the troubled region of afghanistan and pakistan. he said we would ca
security establishment in the obama administration. the question is whether it has happened in congress. do you anticipate a conservative congressional freak-out here, other than from the predetermined one from john mccain? >> well, i think john mccain and lindsey graham and a few others may say it. but listen, very important to go back to the debt ceiling debate, which we came to the edge of real financial crisis in this country. guess who was on jon stewart and stephen colbert in saying we're spending $120 billion in a country with $14 billion of gdp and it's not good for america. grover norquist. grover norquist was out educating conservatives that this afghanistan war was not in their interests from a financial perspective. forget the strategic questions. and from his work, i think, you really begin to see a quick collapse of conservative support. progressives and i think most independents already had a great deal of skepticism about afghanistan. but it has been these debt issues that have really driven a real collapse of interest and support for afghanistan. so anyone that comes and ra
is going to pay them? the obama administration is not likely to cut and run. you see signs in the press to get down to a lower level. level of 6000 is around. if that was to take place, under the afghan security forces operate without the support in forms of air, logistics, and pay, especially when virtually every nato country wants to get out as quickly as possible? we could see a quicker decline in western presence in 2013, rather than 2014. >> would you like to discuss that first? >> this is a legitimate concern. in fact, our defense minister is in town today at the pentagon, discussing some of these issues. he has come with a detailed list of the enablers the afghan national army needs, including, as you mentioned, long-range artillery and intelligence- gathering capabilities. fixed-wing and rotary aircraft for transportation. we have been completely dependent for all of these things on nato and our other friends and allies. again, a lot of these equipments are not as expensive as conducting these operations with nato in afghanistan. if there is a political will, it is doable. the s
the doors nationwide as the obama administration consummate wraps up. >> people are just scared. that they could not buy them. they thought about getting them now they decided is the time. >> background checks were 2.7 billion and 19 million during 2012. the united -- white house wants to eliminate background checks and restrict high-capacity magazines. >> i agree with the large capacity magazines. >> over the last 20 days the nra says one of a dozen people joined out of fear of new debt restrictions. they suspect of four-point to million membership will balloon up to 5 million. and they have declared dead national debt appreciation day for people to rally with signs that say hands off my guns. guns rates groups active donating over $20 million to causes. gun-control -- contributed less than any time in 20 years. $4,000 total. the white house tries to level the playing field by tapping richest -- religious leaders, community leaders and teachers for a town hall rally like the campaign. mayor bloomberg reports 500 on negative board in thousand members since the attack on connecti
't there more prominent women being looked at in these positions? that may not be the obama administration's fault. it may be a fault of why aren't these women being promoted more to begin with why is sus afternoon rice pretty much the only person being mentioned for secretary of state? there should be more women since women make up more than half the population. it's getting better that they are at least mentioned for many. for many years obviously there were no women in the cabinet. but it's not good enough. i think the obama administration is saying we are noticing you are not putting women in, i think is important. >> amanda, why didn't we see the same kind of reaction particularly from the right, you know, when bush was approximatelypresident? i found it kind of striking yesterday on "meet the press"that, you know, mike murphy and hailee barber were making shots. >> on diversity. >> exactly. it's just -- it kind of begs the question of credibility from the attackers. >> uh-huh. >> do you think it's a fair point? >> well, i think that -- i mean this may say a
their funds. the obama administration has often stepped in, either directly funding the organization itself or threatening to withhold federal funding from the states unless they reverse their decisions. >> every time we defund on the state level the president steps in and says over my dead body. >> shannon: joining us to talk about this, congress woman marsha blackburn. she has reintroduced a bill that would block federal funding to planned parenthood under title nine. thank you for joining us today. >> good to be with you. >> shannon: excuse me, title 10. what is title 10. >> part of the 1970 act done through hhs and what they do is direct funding for women's health services. what has happened through the years is planned parenthood has moved to abortion services and, indeed, this past year, shannon, they got $542 million from the federal government. that is taxpayer dollars. they did 335,000 abortions and that is one abortion every 94 seconds. and we are just saying look, you know, you you do not need to be using this money, money is fungible and we need to cut federal funds going to pla
for 2013 amid these nominations put out by the obama administration yesterday, this is from twitter -- robert, barry ville, va., caller: good morning. what are your thoughts on foreign policy in 2013? the immediate focus should be on rejecting the nomination of senator hagel. i am a strong democrat and have been all my life and a strong supporter of president obama. i think his domestic policies are what this nation needs. his foreign policies, up to this time, have been affected. -- effected. to choose a secretary of defense that is soft on hezbollah, soft on hamas, and soft on iran, i think that is destructive of the foreign policy of the united states and destructive of this country's historic alliance with their strongest middle east ally, israel. host: why did you call them -- what you call him socks? others call him neutral. caller: when he says you should talk with hamas, a terrorist regime, that officially is classified as a terrorist organization by the united states, when he proposes to engage with hamas, that as being soft on terrorism. when he refuses to take a position
is going to happen? >> what is going to happen is nothing. >> but the obama administration will tee is up, and bring it to executive decision. i do think they believe that the politics shifted enough, they can make some republicans pay a price that they would not even be willing to vote. >> but remember, in 1994, the assault weapons bill passed and the democrats got mauled at the polls after that. and a lot of people remember that, especially in the west and the south. and you're right, margaret, a lot of democrats don't want to touch this issue either. i'm just saying there is no common ground, because the people who don't want gun control, they don't want gun control and recognize they will pay a price politically for supporting gun control. >> since 1994, there are not as many democrats in the conservative districts as there used to be. and we've seen some of the conservative democrats who still exist, moving in response -- >> look if you look at the possibility there is no possibility for common ground, we'll get nowhere. >> what are the guidelines now on how far the government can go
think is going to happen? >> nothing. >> the obama administration is going to tee it up and bring it to 2014. i think they do believe that the politics of this have shifted enough that they can make some republicans pay a price for not being willing to hold a vote. >> the democrats not mauled at the polls afterwards and a lot of people remember that and you are right, a lot of democrats don't want to touch this issue either. but i'm saying there is no common ground here. the people don't want gun control and they recognize that they will pay a price politically for supporting it. >> i think it is a total -- >> in 1994, there are not as many conservatives in those districts. we see them moving in response to the connecticut shooting. >> if we don't address it we will get nowhere. >> what are the guidelines on how far the government can go by restricting gun opi ownership. >> when you talk about banning ownership. president obama can't do that by himself. guns are portable. new york and andrew cuomo can pass all the laws that they want. as long as they are legal in other states, the
, this is what the obama administration would like. now, how the transition goes and we've seen all this in iraq before and it didn't play out as everyone thought. the idea that there is a large number of troops in afghanistan or any number of troops in afghanistan frankly is something that the average person in the united states does not understand and does not think needs to keep happening. stan mcchrystal is coming on our show on monday, and his take will be interesting indeed. well timed. he has a new book out, but we want to talk to him about what's happening right now in afghanistan. you see a second term barack obama, much more confident, less intimated by the generals, feeling that he has a potential defense secretary who could stand up to the generals because he is a former enlisted man. you know chuck hagel well. this is a young man that enlisted for vietnam, was given the assignment of going to nato in germany, and said no, i want to go to vietnam, and here they're walking in, so we're going to hear from president obama and hamid karzai as they approach the press corps to make their s
that the obama administration might stop the easy sale of the scariest guns to the scariest people has aroused the slippery slope crowd. these cousins of the grassy knoll folks believe that any limit on the wide open market for guns and ammo threatens their own hardware. any reasonable action by the american people to stop the carrage is to these paranoids the first unfaltering step to mass confiscation of everything from shoth guns to daisy rifles. well, tonight we let you hear from the craziest of the crazies. my question, are the regular gun owners of this country, the people who go out and hunt in hunting season, the people who shoot skeet or simply like to pack their own bullets, regular gun enthusiasts, are they going to listen to these nut cases or joe biden when he offers proposals next week on background checks and high capacity magazines? who are the people that are going to decide this issue? i mean the gun owners going to go with, the wild bunch or the town posse? david corn is you what bureau chief for "mother jones." joy reid is managing editor of the grio. most are msnbc analyst
, but with the re-election of the obama administration it would seem it's pretty much off the table, you know, the five-year plan is already done for offshore. they don't seem to be showing any movement toward expanding ax excess. is there a deal that could be made there? how would it happen? >> well, a lot of questions there. let me try to remember them all and respond accordingly. first of all, there's lot of opportunity to change policy to encourage the development of u.s. resource. it doesn't have to occur within the administration. the lands act authority in the administration the congress could act. there is already -- talking about need to expand the potential opportunity. you have bipartisan support in the state of virginia, you have talk up-and-down the south atlantic and potential opportunity to look in the area, to develop the resources. you see the new chairman of the energy committee who is talking about a revenuing sharing proposal very early on with senator mor cow sky. these are significant shifts in policy that would allow for the responsible development of the nation's oil a
of the obama administration's approach there. the low troop numbers that they're contemplating, that they will be discussing with president karzai will not be any where near sufficient to accomplish our strategic objective, america's strategic objective which is defeating the taliban. and i think we're --. bill: it is fascinating. i apologize for the interruption how the events in benghazi are now shaping our foreign policy whether this administration wants to admit it or not. >> well that perhaps is the small glimmer of good news that they recognize that benghazi was a real debacle for our security policies for embassies overseas but the larger question here in afghanistan is the administration's unwillingness to do what we need to do to prevent 10 years of sacrifice and loss of life by our forces from simply being wasted if the taliban come back into power. bill: well this administration, this president, wants to get out of afghanistan, would you agree with that. >> absoluteliers the question is, what kind of a force do you leave behind? >> he is looking, they are leaking rec
. >> "america live" starts right now. >> megyn: fox news alert, growing pushback right now against the obama administration today on the possibility of new federal gun regulations. welcome to "america live," happy friday, i 'm megyn kelly. as they are set to old a gun appreciation day this month, more and more people are looking at keeping uncle sam's hands off their weapons. eight states here, have laws exempting guns with federal regulations so long as they're within the state's border. some in wyoming want to go further, considering a fill making any federal gun regulation after january of this year, unenforceable if it bans or restricts ownership of semi automatic guns and magazines. or if it requires guns and accessories to be registered. cries stirewalt is our fox news digital power play editor and power play live. so wyoming sort of sending a message to washington, we don't care what you do. things are going to stay the way they are here in wyoming and not only that, but if you pass some law banning semi automatic guns and magazines and try and arrest somebody, we're going to arrest y
in the obama administration. he has the president's absolute trust. he is a very talented cia -- host: what you think the impact has been on the cia? guest: david petraeus is a genuine american hero. i do not condone what he did. the president had the right to accept his resignation. having anyone leave abruptly causes dislocation in an institution. he stepped into the shoes of the director and i think manage things very well. a lot of the policies started by david petraeus will be continued. one is to take a look at women in the cia. there was a committee that david petraeus started and it was under way when he resigned. host: that brings up a headline in "the washington post." guest: as i said numerous times, security is a women's issue. we are lionesses. we are well qualified to sit and any policy table anywhere. many women are. nobody missed the groundswell for the secretary of defense. there are lots of qualified women. four women head the 16 intelligence agencies now. there has never been a woman as head of the cia. i do not see a barrier that a woman cannot meet or overcome. host: your n
the obama administration of attacking the second amendment. second >> they made it very clear thate the president's position on pr firearms and on the so firearms and the so-called assault weapons ban and the like had been the same position that he's t he has taken for many years and that they're going to stick with ng to that. stick with >> reporter: sharp words came after the vice president earlier in the day previewed his presi earlier in the day previewed his upcoming report. upcoming repo >> there's an emerging set of tg recommendations. set of i'm going to focus on the ones that relate that relate primarily to gun ownership, what type of weapons ownership, the type of can be owned.ns that can be owned, and one is there is a a there is a surprising -- so far, a surprio surprising recurrence of surprf suggestions that we have suggese universal background checks. >> reporter: meanwhile the ckgr. president is coming under the president is scrutiny this week after naming scrutiny this week after naming jack jack lew as treasury secretary, the fourth white male mr. obama. the
-style assault weapons might be really hard to achieve for the obama administration despite mr. biden's task force efforts going on for three days in the summit. dianne feinstein the senator from california has the pweurblgs there may not be enougbill. there may not be enough votes to pass that. the idea that high capacity military ammunition magazines could actually be limited, that seems to have some currency and momentum as does the background checks. but this eupl mass on the actual ban on guns that could really be a problem for the gun control lobby has them finally trying to sort of catch up to the nra which has a huge organizational advantage when it comes to the grassroots battle on both side of this. jon: the grassroots groups, break down their roles for us. >> reporter: on the left side of this. on the gun control side, there hasn't been a great deal, as a matter of fact. if you look at last year's spending comparing just the national rifle association, never mind dozens of other prosecond amendment groups and compare its donations in the 2012 campaign to awful the collective gun c
. who is going to pay them? the obama administration is not likely to cut and run. you see signs in the press to get down to a lower level. level of 6000 is around. if that was to take place, under the afghan security forces operate without the support in forms of air, logistics, and pay, especially when virtually every nato country wants to get out as quickly as possible? we could see a quicker decline in western presence in 2013, rather than 2014. >> would you like to discuss that first? >> this is a legitimate concern. in fact, our defense minister is in town today at the pentagon, discussing some of these issues. he has come with a detailed list of the enablers the afghan national army needs, including, as you mentioned, long-range artillery and intelligence- gathering capabilities. fixed-wing and rotary aircraft for transportation. we have been completely dependent for all of these things on nato and our other friends and allies. again, a lot of these equipments are not as expensive as conducting these operations with nato in afghanistan. if there is a political will, it is
, is the obama administration is likely not to cut and run but cut and walk. you see these signs in the press right now to get down to a lower and lower level. the number 6,000 is around but if those take place how does the afghan security forces really operate without the support it needs in terms of air, in terms of fire, in terms of pay? special whenever nato country wants out as quickly as possible. we could see a quicker decline of western presence in 2013 rather than 2014. >> would you like to discuss that? >> this is a legitimate concern. he has come with a detailed list enablers that the afghan army needs, including what you mention of long-range artillery. and aircrafts because we've been dependent on these things from our friends a and all lies. again, a lot of these things are not as expensive as conducting the operation as nato in afghanistan. if there is a political world it is doable. same thing as the salaries of the afghanistan national army, a significant number considering the afghan economy. but for the withdrawal of each international troop from afghanistan, we can maintai
months of president bush's administration and there was some ongoing assessments. when president obama assumed office with his team in january of 2009, in fact that request was tabled in front of him. and now we have a new administration who has been in the campaign rhetoric supportive of the war in afghanistan. they're faced with a larger quest for troops, faster than they might have liked to be comfortable and time to die just that. they're also hit with a financial crises when it first took over. and so the first response i think is to say well give us time to assess this. but instead, the military department of defense appropriately says we've got afghan elections approaching in the summer and if these forces are going to van impact to help widen security, they have to be approved quickly. and so you have this perceived pressure on the part feeling pressure in the whitehouse and you have department of defenses trying to do a mission as they understand they've been given in trying to have the necessary resources. i don't think there was anybody trying to do their own thing. i don't
don't think between myself and president obama. i think that there was ls trust betwn dpartment of defense, parts of it, and the new administration that i would have liked to see. i think it really went back to the very beginning from inauguration on. and i think that that trust is something that -- >> rose: from the very beginning, from the inauguration. >> yes. >> rose: what do you mean by that. >> if you go back and get context. the situation in afghanistan when i came out of iraq and came on the joint staff the summer of 2008, it was getting worse. we had elections coming in the united states and then ey had elecons fghanistan my predecessor in afghanistan general mckernen asked for some troops in 2008. it was decided not to act on that request on the last months of president bush's administration and there was some ongoing assessments. when president obama assumed office with his team in january of 2009, in fact that request was tabled in front of him. and now we have a new administration who has been in the campaign rhetoric supportive of the war in afghanistan. they're
ralts, in fact, they really do care about the use of drones in this administration. the seems to have given a pass to president obama, used drones more than president bush ever did and i think the republicans will use it to discuss benghazi but i think will confirmed as well. >> woodruff: both of them. you were talking about a group of loners. what are these choices and what we know so far about the president's white house staff and cabinet say about the president, david. >> it's not exactly great copy for us. they are not the most exciting group, necessarily. they are a group that has, are people of integrity, every single one of them, no scandals including the new treasury of secretary jack lew so there will be no scandal or no stupidity, wob exception there is cautious, reliable, responsible and for the most part extremely experienced. and so i give them high marks for these sorts of things. i think the way you fault a president is they are already very well-known to him, have been for a long time. a lot of them are already working for him and are probably exhausted by what is happ
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